LL :: Volume 34 :: LR
|Never Give Succor, Even a Break|
|Less than Explicable|
The Dancing Fool has been sighted near the City core. In this cycle,
he apparently has chosen to wear a violently misshapen plum hat,
slashed-ribbon blazer and vest (violet and gold, embroidered with
phoenix and flame imagery), and indigo tights pinstriped with
If verified, this will be the first appearance of the Dancing Fool for over thirty years. The Dancing Fool has been seen five times in the past century; twenty-nine times since he (or someone like him) was first reported in the Records.
Three sightings of the Dancing Fool were reported earlier this year. However, they could not be verified, because they occurred on Friday nights.
Phase-colorant fields and some geometry logic provide custom
shadows. The tool takes the form of a belt. Put it on, dial "cat",
and your shadow is a cat's shadow -- realistic size or scaled to your
body mass, your choice. Several dozen shadow-images are available.
The system blocks or projects light directly behind your body, so it goes rather wrong if your shadow -- or where your shadow should be -- falls onto someone's face. They'll either see a fuzzy black spot occluding the sun, or a fuzzy bright spot where the sun is apparently shining right through you. This isn't a big deal except at sunrise or sunset. On the other hand, while the logic can cope with multiple small light sources, it's not very good at the diffuse light of the open sky; you get hazy shadow halos around the desired (sharp) shadow. And it gives up entirely in indirectly-lit environments.
|Less than Explicable Products|
Temporal packing peanuts -- buffer all manner of time-lags, jerks,
starts, and stops! Pour them into a shipping box if you're not sure
when it will arrive. Toss a few into the oven if you want some leeway
between the roast being done too late or too soon. Scatter them around
the living room if you fear your guests will show up early, or
Note: while this product is non-toxic, we do not recommend it be taken orally for travel-lag. Certainly not if you are over the statistical mean age of death.
New in the world of toasting devices:
The Feedback Toaster scans a blackbody light beam across your slice of bread, checking reflectivity. When the albedo drops, the beam's intensity also drops, ensuring a perfectly even toast. The Interference Toaster uses two coherent light sources, thus imprinting your bread with moire fringes... showy, if silly. But it's not as silly as the Jigsaw Toaster, whose tight-beam thermal source can cut a half-millimeter slit all the way through the bread -- in a programmable pattern -- thus allowing it to... well, you get the idea. The spiral pattern, which gives you a bread lace up to a meter long, is popular with kids, if less popular with sandwich-makers.
|Life of the Mind|
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